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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2011
12 oz. bottle via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a dark brown color with a large two finger thick tan head that took awhile to settle. Light layered lacing. Has a sharp roasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a touch of licorice and smoke. Finish is dry and bitter. Full bodied. A good beer. Thanks Ty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
screigh (511) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours dark black even when held up to a light. Huge tan head with lots of staying power and lacing. Smell reminds me of sour grain. Starts off a bit sharp with carbonation and some bitterness. Wait around a bit and you get roasted grains and cocoa. I am also getting a bit of sourness.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2011
Smells smokey / oakey? Its appearance is truly dark. It’s taste is really complex for a stout, especially if you hold it in your mouth, and while girls would probably find it too bitter somehow, I really don’t. It is quite a complex palate and pretty sweet. Overall I wouldn’t mind having this again, though only time will tell if I will buy it again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oelschlaeger (13) - Arkansas, USA - APR 9, 2011
I love the thick black stouts and this is a good example. Dark truth is a very balanced almost chocolate beer. Very satisfying and wholesome. A+

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a jet black with a nice tan head and some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit, cherry perhaps. The body is a little thin on the palate for a imperial stout, with average carbonation. Taste is a little sweet, with a big, bitter finish, with flavors of coffee and roasted malt. A decent imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
Pours really dark chestnut black with a huge creamy, thick, caramel head. The aroma is a bit light, but has notes of pepper and smoke with a subtle sweetness.. The flavors of chocolate and raisins with a smoky finish. The mouthfeel is as described above - velvety, creamy, but a bit lighter in body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2011
12oz. bottle: This one pours a dark, inky opaque brown color. There was a finger of a dense, dark beige head on it. It lingered and left some lacing. Good aroma of mainly chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe some espresso too. The taste is very good. Only a little bit of sweetness to it. A nice blend of roast, chocolate and bitterness are the main flavors. I’m picking up some faint fruits, but they are hard to discern exactly what they are. Alcohol is well hidden. Touch of dryness to the finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle, thanks to Phaleslu. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of spicy yeast, oak, chocolate, berries, some roast, the Belgian yeast is a little overwhelming. Taste again has way more Belgian yeast fruit and funkiness than I expected, a little too much. Interesting to try but I think it would be better without the Belgian yeast. The finish has some bitter chocolate. Smooth texture. It grows on me as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12oz bottle from SLL. Very dark pour with a thick brown head. Chocolate, molasses, and bread aroma. Sweet and spicy taste. Hop, rye, chocolate, molasses, and black licorice flavors. Nice powerful sipping beer. I would try it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Sampler at Castelli’s. It was a black pour with a nice sized tan head. The aroma was chocolate, coffee and ash. The flavor is very ashy, oats, and a little bit of dark fruit. It finishes with very good carbonation and would do it all over again.


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